Ferries and cruises from Portsmouth

Portsmouth is Hampshire’s second largest city, and the UK’s only island city, so as you might expect it is big and bold and vibrant and full of life.

This is not a place to visit if you are looking for a peaceful countryside retreat, but if you want somewhere with a bit of life and soul (a lot of life and soul!) then Portsmouth is where you should go.

Located on England’s south coast, Portsmouth boasts theatres, live music venues, art galleries, museums, two cathedrals, nightclubs, restaurants, and even a number of different festivals, depending on what time of the year you decide to visit.

Portsmouth itself was founded in 1180 by merchant Jean De Gisors. He could see the importance of the location regarding a port there, so he built a town around it for his workers to make it easier for them to work the long, hard days he wanted them to. A market soon sprang up and eventually other merchants moved in and the town expanded.

Portsmouth Historical Dockyard, the Portsmouth Museum, the D-Day Museum, Spitbank Fort, Gunwharf Quay (for shopping), and Cumberland House Natural History Museum are just a few of the many and varied activities to experience and places to visit in this most astonishing of cities.

Ferries and cruises from Portsmouth

Tip: If you want to travel to the Isle of Wight as a foot passenger on a fast service then check out the departures from Portsmouth Harbour.

Ferry Routes

OperatorRouteServicesTravel TimePrice
Portsmouth Caen 3 daily 5¾ hoursSee prices
Portsmouth Cherbourg 10 weekly 3 hoursSee prices
Portsmouth Le Havre 1 daily 15½ hoursSee prices
Portsmouth St Malo 1 daily 8¾ hoursSee prices
Portsmouth Bilbao 3 weekly 23½ hoursSee prices
Portsmouth Santander 3 weekly 23½ hoursSee prices
Portsmouth Guernsey 12 weekly 7 hoursSee prices
Portsmouth Jersey 12 weekly 8½ hoursSee prices
Portsmouth Cherbourg 1 weekly 5 hoursSee prices
Portsmouth Fishbourne 30 daily ¾ hourSee prices
Portsmouth Harbour Ryde 24 daily ½ hourSee prices

This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.

Taster Cruise Ship Itineraries

Cruise lineTypical itineraryPrices
Portsmouth Ports such as Cherbourg; Guernsey; Le Havre; Amsterdam; Zeebrugge; Bremerhaven; Rouen; Guernsey; BrestSee prices

This information is for reference purposes only. Information correct at the time of writing.

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To find other ports near you, take a look at the UK port map here.


Harbour Offices, Continental Ferry Port, George Byng Way, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 8SP, United Kingdom

Driving Directions

Portsmouth Port sits at the end of the M275 which links to the M27 and A27 making it easily accessible from all directions.

Car Parking

Short term parking bays at the cruise and ferry terminals are available for picking up or dropping off passengers and their luggage.

A four-storey long stay car park is a short walk from the main ferry terminal. When I last checked in May 2016 the price was £13 per 24 hours.

Getting there by coach

National Express have a stop located at the Cruise & Ferry Terminal at Portsmouth International Port, a few steps away from the terminal.

Route 203 connects Portsmouth International Port to Heathrow Airport. This stops at Fareham, Southampton, Winchester and Basingstoke.

Route 303 connects Blackpool with Weymouth via Bolton, Liverpool, Chester, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, Oxford, Southampton, Portsmouth International Port, and Bournemouth amongst others.

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Getting there by train

Portsmouth & Southsea Rail Station is a short distance away from the port. You will most likely need to catch a local bus or a taxi to the port unless you are travelling really light and fancy a lengthy walk.

Services typically run to Littlehampton, Portsmouth Harbour, London, Brighton (East Sussex), Southampton, and Cardiff. Journey times to Cardiff average 3¼ hours, Birmingham average 3½ hours, while London typically takes less than a couple of hours. Journeys from Edinburgh typically average seven hours with a couple of train changes. Plan your journey here.


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